To celebrate the launch of our online Mother’s Day shop, we caught up with QVC Ambassador Amanda Holden to find out how she likes to treat her mum, and now loves to be spoilt by her daughters.
My family is very strong and matriarchal; to the extent that I actually feel very sorry for my dad and my husband. They’re part of a very loud and chatty family who interrupt each other all the time. Chris is constantly telling me off for interrupting people, but I just have to tell him: I was brought up around the kind of dinner table where if you didn’t interrupt, you wouldn’t get a word in.
I love the black and white photo of all of us at the top. It’s of me, my mum, my two daughters, and my nan on a Mother’s Day we spent together. We’re all very close; in fact, my 97 year-old nan is finally moving in with my mum this year. She’s decided she needs a bit of help, so they’ll be living together soon. This Mother’s Day, we’ll probably go down there to see them.
I always try to see them for Mother’s Day. I normally send my mum a hamper of her favourite nibbles, chutneys and cheeses. If I’m ever unable to see her on the day itself due to work, I’ll send her out for dinner with my dad.
When I’m the lucky one being treated by my family, Chris will usually book a local pub lunch and – on pain of death – has to organise the girls to make cards. I tell him I don’t ask for much, I just want homemade cards! So he gives them a nudge so they finish them in time.
Sometimes he surpasses himself and goes down to the ceramic café with them, and I’ll get some kind of dodgy mug made. But it’s just the cards I love. I’ve kept them since they started – right back to when they were little and he would have to sign them.
I think my girlfriends can sometimes mother each other too. Angela Griffin, especially. She’s younger than all of us, but she’s the one we kind of look to. I have something I call WWAD (What Would Ange Do?) and I judge everything I do by it. Things like…
Would Ange tell this person to jog on? Yes, she would.
Would Ange have another gin and tonic? Yes, she would.
So I have that in the back of my head.
Tamsin Outhwaite’s all cooking, singing, dancing, and cooking. Tracy-Anne Oberman is very witty and brilliant, perfect if you want a letter written or something fantastically intellectual. And my best friend lives in LA – she’s my best audience really, and that’s why I love her.
They’d probably say I’m the fixer. People come to me if they need to know a number for something or where to go, what to do, if I know someone who can help them with this, that, or the other.
Being surrounded by such generous and strong women always makes Mother’s Day that bit more special; as a granddaughter, daughter, mother, and friend.